• The Violence of Silence
    One of the most violent forms of violence is silence. In the face of compelling unjust circumstances, silence becomes violence itself. While it is true that silence can be a powerful medium of protest, one need
  • Decoding the Begum
    Relations between India and Bangladesh have taken on a downward slide in the last few years since the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) assumed power in 2001 under the dispensation of the hawkish Prime Ministe
  • Renewal
    How does one construct the memories of yesterday which is the past; how does one engage with today that is the present; and how does one prepare to stand face to the mysteries of tomorrow? Perhaps the underpinn
  • Forward Looking
    With an Annual Plan outlay of Rs. 760 crores, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has managed to juggle the rupees and the paise into a realistic forward-looking budget. Fiscal prudence and growth objective seem to be t
  • Democracy – A Paradox?
    There seems to be an ironic paradox in the way democracy is practiced in ‘Nagaland state.’ While there has been steps made to make distinctions between the prospects of democracy as a vision, and the mechan
  • Peace for Development
    The intent of the DAN government in declaration of 2006 as the ‘Year of Farmers’ needs to be welcomed and one would hope that the objective towards achieving self-sufficiency in agriculture and bringing the
  • The power of Power
    Essentially life is power and power is life and in the end it is through the power of Power that all life is realized. However, in the existing discourse of human affairs the life-giving forms of power have bee
  • Budget Plan
    All eyes will be on Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who also holds the Finance portfolio, when he walks into the Legislative Assembly on Monday to presents the budget for the year 2006-07. Although the Annual Finan
  • Self-Criticism
    I wish to perceive self-criticism as a constructive praxis of critical introspection, self-discovery and self-examination that leads to new ways of action and reflection. The process of self-criticism has and w
  • Perception of boundaries
    The passionate and innate relationship between human beings and land has and continues to define the dialectical parameters of what constitutes a peoples’ understanding of a dignified existence. A political t
  • Huska’s Demand-Note
    Once again, the issue of collective responsibility has resurfaced into the open for the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) coalition government. Traditionalists who appreciate the British model of Cabinet go
  • NU Sound-Check
    The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has reportedly asked the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to submit the true account of the alleged financial misappropriations and other anomalies in the
  • Naga Consciousness – Is it?
    At the core of a peoples existence is its collective consciousness and perhaps Nagas must consciously and deliberately take the task to nurture, nourish and evoke a consciousness and perception that is an alter
  • Public Opinion?
    The process of formulating ‘public opinion’ is fundamental for democratization and progression of a people. ‘Public opinion’ is distinct from the ‘mind of a crowd.’ It is a systematic process of sen
  • Engaging the powers
    In reality, the present praxis of governance, peace and leadership is being imposed from above by structures that have acquired global proportions with the intention of creating forced dependence and inculcatin
  • Restoring Democracy
    Underlining the need for restoration of democracy in Myanmar, India has finally done the right thing by offering assistance in establishing the democratic structure in the country. That President A P J Abdul Ka
  • Truth and Knowledge
    Truth and knowledge are existential realities perceived and understood in different ways. It is essential to examine how the basis of social and cultural practices formed the realms of knowledge that not only r
  • Power-Games
    One of the oft-repeated feedbacks on the entire DMC thing over the last two weeks or so has been the adage that ‘anything can happen in politics’. This has been proved once again by the twists and turns tha
  • Dialogue of the deaf
    Human failure to respond to the natural call for transformation indicates that they have lost their capacity to make relevant structural adjustments with change. In the process humans have become immune to the
  • Between Hopes and Possibilities
    At the heart of indigenous people’s existence is its collective critical consciousness; provided as an alternative to the dominant culture and one that refuses to accept the interpretations of reality as defi